Peter Moody’s assistant trainer Katherine Coleman taken to hospital after being struck in the face at Sandown by stable’s unraced filly

Peter Moody’s assistant trainer Katherine Coleman taken to hospital after being struck in the face at Sandown by stable’s unraced filly

 

Peter Moody’s assistant trainer Katherine Coleman has been taken to hospital following an incident in the mounting yard at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

Coleman was struck in the face by Moody’s unraced filly Star Magic as jockeys were being legged aboard for the $50,000 Ladbrokes Switch Handicap (1000m) for two-year-olds.

Star Magic broke free from her handler and jockey Luke Nolen was also left short of breath on the ground for several minutes after the incident.

Star Magic was quickly captured by James Cummings’ Melbourne stable foreman Sean Keogh, who had just legged Damien Oliver aboard to exit the mounting yard early in company with the pony.

 

 

“I just legged Ollie up and I was just watching my filly get out onto the track because herself can get a bit stirred up, you can see with the pre-race ear muffs and the pony and I was just focused on that,” Keogh said.

“Then I heard a bit of a commotion behind me and the horse came straight towards me, so it was pretty straightforward (to capture Star Magic).”

Coleman immediately received treatment from on-site medics and course officials, with noticeable swelling to the left-hand side of her face.

“When they were parading prior to Race 2, Peter Moody’s horse (Star Magic) actually lashed out and cleaned up three people – the strapper, the jockey and stable foreman,” Racing Victoria steward Robert Montgomery told Racing.com.

“It was a bad incident. Fortunately, Luke Nolen is okay along with the strapper and Ms Coleman.”

Cummings captured the race when it was run 35 minutes later with Va Via, the only filly in the eight-horse field with race experience, winning by three-quarters of a length.